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Steven Michael Polunsky

Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce
Chapter Member: Alabama SSN
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About Steven

Polunsky's research focuses on government, mobility, technology, and security. He has directed state legislative committees overseeing transportation, homeland security, and commerce where he produced policy studies, evaluated and handled legislation, and managed operations and staff. Polunsky previously served as the Director of Research and Planning for the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority and Legislative Policy Analyst for the Texas Department of Transportation.

In the News

Quoted by R. Scott Belzer in "Public Describes Dunwoody in One Word," Champion Newspaper, January 18, 2017.
Quoted by Evan Brandt in "Cyber Citizenship: Using Facebook to Engage with Your Government," Mercury News, July 30, 2016.
Quoted by Ross Ramsey in "More Voices, and Perhaps, More Headaches," Texas Tribune, September 24, 2015.
Quoted by Jason Plautz in "The Climate Conspiracy Theory Coming to Your Congressman's Twitter Feed," National Journal, February 5, 2015.
Quoted by Dean Hoffmeyer in "Chesterfield Begins Shooting Snapshot Series," Times-Dispatch, November 15, 2014.
Interviewed in "Watchdog: Time to Unmask an Open-Government Superhero," Dallas Morning News, September 18, 2014.
Quoted by Aman Batheja in "Bullet Train Failed Once, but It's Back," New York Times, March 6, 2014.
Research discussed by Kit Eaton, in "Copyright Done Right? Finland to Vote on Crowdsourced Regulations," Fast Company/ Fast Feed, July 23, 2013.
Quoted by Audrey White in "Lawmakers to Again Take Aim at Predatory Lending," Texas Tribune, January 18, 2013.
Quoted by in "Senate Committees Push Boundaries on Social Media," Austin American-Statesman, January 29, 2012.
Research discussed by Reeve Hamilton, in "Out of the Smoke Filled Room and Onto the Internet," New York Times, October 6, 2011.
Quoted by Vicky Garza in "Legislative Committees Use Social Media, QR Codes for Transparency," Houston Business Journal, April 29, 2011.


"Open Government Briefing Guide," (with the Open Austin Gov Team, Carol Eckelkamp, Asha Dane'el, Alane Fitzgerald, Juliet Kernion, Chris McConnell, and Chip Rosenthal), Open Austin, July 31, 2014.
Provides important information about the open government and open data initiatives in Austin, and is presented to all candidates in the 2014 City of Austin municipal election.